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Comment Re:Good Grief... (Score 1) 28

It's been established that violating the TOS means Tinder can have him prosecuted under the CFAA.

The individuals should also be able to sue him under copyright law. You don't give up copyright just by posting a picture to a website. By downloading, copying, and redistributing the photos as a "dataset", he is clearly breaking the law.

Comment Re:EBooks (Score 1) 143

I'm in my 50s and my house is literally full of physical books. Every room is lined with bookcases most of them stacked two deep, and I've literally had to put jackposts in my basement to keep the floors from sagging.

Buying new books as ebooks means I don't have to get rid of my old books. It's also nice being able to travel with a generous selection of reading material.

Overall I find the reading experience to be about a wash, but that's a highly personal thing. For pure reading a physical book is better except in low-light conditions, but the search and note taking functions on an ebook are a big plus.

The biggest drawback for ebooks for me is the terrible mathematics typesetting, which is obviously a niche concern; but it's beyond bad; it renders many math ebooks unusable. Often the equations are rendered as low-resolution bitmaps that are close to unreadable, or in other cases I've seen equation terms randomly spread hither-and-yon across the page. For scientific and technical books I would much prefer a larger, higher resolution device. It's too bad nothing really fits the bill because I hate throwing out cases of obsolete technical books every year.

If I had to choose just one format, I'd choose paper. But I find ebooks have their uses.

Comment Re:Roads Should be Private (Score 1) 81

Private roads are a great way to make over half the country uninhabitable and unreachable as the tolls necessary to make roads profitable in rural areas would be too high to be practical, thus the roads would never get built which then means these areas will never attain the populations to support roads profitably.

Your link is garbage too. Siting a book summary that doesnt lay out any of the author's evidence does not support your claim at all. But hey, maybe the author has it right and every affluent country in the world has it wrong!

Did you just dismiss a book on the subject and then offer your own off-the-cuff opinion as fact?

It turns out most of the private rural roads in the US were originally private toll roads. I have a friend who pays $250 a year dues to a road association that maintains (contracts to maintain) the roads in her area. That's 7% of the Town's taxes on the same property and they don't maintain those rural roads.

A bit of history and a bit of awareness of the reality of rural living both contradict your guess. Maybe you should read the book - if only it were available for free at the top of the page the GP linked! /s

Comment Re:And the "unexpected" consequence is... (Score 2) 81

... and I doubt Seattle is the only city that has made these choices.

Go visit Tokyo, which has very little street parking. Downtown street parking is wasteful. Streets should be for driving, and parking lots/garages should be for parking. Eliminating street parking frees up lanes for traffic, and cuts down on the number of cars circling the block looking for a space. In SF about 40% of traffic is people looking for parking.

But changing to a more efficient system is difficult because of the politics of parking.

Comment venerable language (Score 3, Interesting) 56

I'm suspicious of anyone who calls HTML 'venerable.' They should call it, "notorious" or "infamous," maybe, "expectorant." Marc Andreesen points out there are just problems with it, and I can't see OOP fixing things.

So, I looked at this guy's project, and it's better than I expected. The major problem it solves is: "how do you avoid repeating yourself, while still keeping things flexible?" The common approach right now is to either throw it into a CSS library (like Bootstrap) or write Javascript to produce the HTML. The latter idea there sounds like a joke but it's not.

In comparison, this lets you break things into components (like React does), but without any cost to the front end. Overall a good approach, but likely to get lost in the noise of a thousand other web frameworks.

Comment Re:USPS (Score 2) 81

That sounds great in theory, but so does Marxism. Centralization very very rarely beats a competitive market for efficiency.

Marxism has sounded terrible in theory ever since Game Theory and Information Theory became serious subjects (what, about 50+ years now?)

Same for central planning of anything - it's an information theoretical problem - the central planners always lack sufficient information and sufficient information processing capacity to make good decisions. The information and capacity are distributed in markets.

It's kinda like getting rid of packet-switched networks and having one computer do all of the Internet traffic flow. That would be an unmitigated disaster. Let's name it after Chavez, tho.

Comment What computer? (Score 1) 82

When I got to college I was able to sneak into a lab and use an ASR33 teletype on the Telex network to remotely log on to Dartmouth to use BASIC.

At my own school it was cards in a window, come back later for the printed output. And you'd better have an account that paid for it.

Didn't really get to 'cut my hacker teeth' until my sophomore year, when some oddball ins-and-outs of contract financing left me with a student job where I had, a couple times a day, the remainder of a one-hour time slot with my work on the machine done, blocked waiting for the other department to do my output's tape-to-print, and a mainframe computer all to my self, on which I could do what I wanted while waiting for the results of the real work (or compile attempt) to be printed.

(What I did with it was talk the hardware tech into getting the paper tape I/O working, then bootstrap up a card-image editor, from scratch, on paper tape, to where it could emulate the Dartmouth BASIC environment - with Fortan on card-deck images in RAM or on a tape library - including the RUN command; Once that was working I'd get one compile/debug turnaround per three-to-five minutes, for a couple hours rather than two per day. This ended up with the lab management impressed and me reassigned to be in charge of the OS, library, and doing much of the lab's software.)

Comment Brand loyalty? Oy. (Score 2) 82

We had a lot of odd minicomputers in my high school, but the one I used most in school was a Digital Equipment PDP-8. You loaded the bootstrap from a paper tape reader, and you loaded the paper tape reader program by switches on the front panel which allowed you to set memory address contents word by word and set the program counter to a particular octal address. Input/output was through a teletype that printed on a roll of paper.

I have to say that this primitive hardware was as satisfying in its way to work on as the latest core i7 laptop I'm writing this on -- despite the actual core memory's unreliability in our building which was next to a busy subway track. I suppose I did have positive feelings toward DEC, until I got to college and worked in a lab that stored its research data on RK05 disc packs.

In my experience -- which as you can probably tell is by now extensive -- there are two kinds of people, those that adapt readily to new stuff, and those who stubbornly stick with whatever they already know. And as you look at successively older cohorts, the greater the proportion of stick-what-you-knowers there will be.

So the idea that you'll imprint *kids* on your technology is dubious. Yes you will imprint them, but it won't prevent them from switching to something else.

Comment Drone truck deliveries (Score 2) 81

It's far more efficient to have a single loaded truck provided multiple deliveries at once to an entire apartment/building complex. But for the suburbs, drone delivery might be more efficient if a single truck made the finally drop-off with drones. Sort of like a mobile drone carrier where you might have two or more simultaneous drone launches, drop off, then fly back to the truck where a recharge occurs automatically while docked inside.

Comment Re:USPS (Score 1) 81

Don't you dare use the United States Postal Service for deliveries!

The USPS is exorbitantly expensive for any sort of guaranteed delivery. It is also overpriced for packages over a pound. They have weird pricing, like "media mail" where the postage varies, not just by weight and destination, but by the content of the package. So it may be cheap to mail a book, but expensive to mail a t-shirt.

I mean can you imagine the possible efficiency of only one centralized public service

That sounds great in theory, but so does Marxism. Centralization very very rarely beats a competitive market for efficiency.

Comment Re: Well it's easy to show superhuman AI is a myth (Score 1) 248

The human population is composed of experts, with divisions of labor. It is not unreasonable for AI programs to have areas of expertise.

In fact this is not true. The human population is composed of experts, some of whom have required in addition specialized skills due to division of labor.

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